I have enjoyed the last two months of the One Four Challenge, hosted by Robyn Gosby at Captivate Me. This is a photo processing project whereby you select an image to work on and edit it in four different ways over four weeks. You learn a lot, get useful feedback, improve your skills and have fun. So I am joining again in January, even though I said I was going to take a break. I just couldn’t keep away!
Back in November, I discovered a beautiful area for bird watching at the Melbourne waters Western Treatment Plant. The plant’s lagoons, grasslands and coastline provide an ideal and varied habitat for birds with a permanent water supply, plenty of food and little interference from humans. I was in bird photographer’s heaven.
One of the many feathered friends I observed was a flock of yellow-billed spoonbills, and I decided to make these the subject for my January One Four project.
I want to continue exploring the creative blending of photography, painting and textile art, started last month.
Week One Process
My first step was to turn a dull capture, taken at the end of the grey day and lacking in contrast, into something more useable for the next weeks’ transformations.
Here are the steps I have taken:
- Cropped the photo, adjusted the highlights & shadows
- Increased saturation
- Image then put through the SketchGuru app and given a gouache treatment
Here is the original and the edited image with increased contrast and saturation, ready for further processing:
And now the Gouache Treatment:
I like the subtlety and freshness of colours in this first interpretation. I would welcome your feedback. What do you think?